About us

About us

Art Collection Telekom - Contemporary art from East- and Southeast-Europe

  • Educational Model, 2009, Eva Kot'átková, Headquarter Bonn
    Eva Kot'átková, Educational Model, 2009, Headquarter Bonn

The Art Collection Telekom, the art collection of the Deutsche Telekom, was launched in 2010. The focus is concentrated on contemporary art from Eastern and South-Eastern Europe.

The Art Collection Telekom aims to address the social and political changes after the fall of the Iron Curtain and to promote a broader understanding of Europe's cultural diversity through the visual arts. Even more than three decades after this historical turning point, the consequences of the division of the world into East and West, into Communism or Capitalism, have not been overcome. New rifts have emerged between open democracies or state-controlled and often nationalistically oriented democracies.

Contemporary art registers and comments on such distortions. Overall, the collection intends to create an exemplary art-historical spectrum of contemporary art in this cultural area and to concentrate primarily on younger artists in order to document and collect their work over a longer period of time. The whole media spectrum from drawing to digital installation is represented.

Basic requirements for the selection of the works are a high level of form, content, and aesthetics and an openly laid out horizon of meaning that promises to develop further in terms of content over the years. When building up and expanding the collection, great importance is attached to the high potential for stories and narratives. In this way, the works form an ideal basis for discussions and the exchange of ideas. They reflect Deutsche Telekom's self-image: “Life is for Sharing”.

Contemporary art offers the chance to see the world through different eyes. An adventure that requires openness, impartiality, and trust in the own thinking. The Art Collection Telekom would like to encourage this. The development of the collection is supervised by the artboard made up of employees of Deutsche Telekom and coordinated by an internal advisory board, Antje Hundhausen and Margret Fischer.

Curatorial advice is provided by Nathalie Hoyos and Rainald Schumacher from Office for Art in Berlin.

Contemporary art should be seen, experienced, and discussed. It is therefore very important for the Art Collection Telekom to present parts of the collection to the public regularly in different contexts. Exhibitions have been organized regularly with institutional and private partners since 2014.

The most important activities

2020

'Keeping The Balance', Ludwig Museum Budapest

  • Keeping The Balance is the first exhibition after the Lock Down due to the Corona crisis in the Ludwig museum Budapest.
  • Poster 'Keeping The Balance'
  • Keeping The Balance
    Keeping The Balance, Ludwig Museum Budapest

2019

'What Are We Made Of?' Kunsthalle Darmstadt and 'Listen To Us – Artistic Intelligence' in Plovdiv

  • 'What Are We Made Of?' was the title of the exhibition at Kunsthalle Darmstadt with 35 artworks and 25 artists from the Art Collection Telekom.
  • The exhibition 'Listen To Us – Artistic Intelligence' was part of the European Cultural Capital programme of Plovdiv 2019 and took place at SKLAD, City Art Gallery, Balabanov House, Hindlyan House, Zlato Boyadzhiev Museum and Vasov Library.
  • 'Once Information Has Passed Into Protein...' will be shown until June 2021 at the Museum der bildenden Künste in Leipzig.
  • The exhibition '30 Ans Après' shown at Carré d'Art in Nîmes was part of Rencontres d'Arles and focuses on photographic works from the Art Collection Telekom.
  • What Are We Made Of, Kunsthalle Darmstadt
    What Are We Made Of, Kunsthalle Darmstadt
  • What Are We Made Of, Kunsthalle Darmstadt
    What Are We Made Of, Kunsthalle Darmstadt
  • Listen To Us - Artistic Intelligence, SKLAD, Plovdiv, Foto: Evgenia Dimitrova
    Listen To Us - Artistic Intelligence, SKLAD, Plovdiv, Foto: Evgenia Dimitrova
  • Listen To Us - Artistic Intelligence, Plovdiv, Hindlyan House, 4.4.-30.6.2019, Photo Mihail Novakov
    Homo Bulla (red) von Maria Kulikovska in the Hindlyan House, Plovdiv, Foto Mihail Novakov
  • MdbK, Photo: Alexander Schmidt, Punctum
    Once Information Has Passed Into Protein, Iza Tarasewicz, MdbK Leipzig, Photo: Alexander Schmidt
  • Poster 30 Ans Après | 30 Years After Art Collection Telekom
    Teaser der Ausstellung
  • 30 Ans Après | 30 Years After Art Collection Telekom, Carré d'Art, Nîmes, 11.06.–10.11.2019, Photo: C. Eymenier
    30 Ans Après, Nîmes, Photo: C. Eymenier
  • 30 Ans Après, Nîmes, Foto: C. Eymenier
    30 Ans Après, Nîmes, Foto: C. Eymenier

2018

'I Am The Mouth' in Zagreb, 'Contemporary Structures 4' in Ostrava

  • 'I Am The Mouth' was the title of the exhibition in the Museum of Contemporary Art (MSU) in Zagreb with artworks from 50 artists.
  • 'Contemporary Structures 4' at PLATO in Ostrava. The central work in the exhibition was 'Mudam Studio' from Tobias Putrih. Furthermore video works from Pavel Brăila, Šejla Kamerić, Ali Kazma, Şükran Moral, Ciprian Mureşan, Vlad Nancã, Roman Ondak and Agnieszka Polska were shown.
  • At 52. Art Cologne the model 'Once Information Has Passed Into Protein...' from Iza Tarasewicz was presented. Lito Kattou from Cyprus was the winner of the Art Cologne Award for New Positions. Art Collection Telekom acquired three of her works.
  • Artworks from 5 artists from the Art Collection Telekom were presented in a special booth at viennacontemporary.
  • MSU Zagreb, outside facade
    MSU Zagreb, outside facade with video animation from Agnieszka Polska
  • Contemporary Structures 4, PLATO
    Contemporary Structures 4, PLATO
  • Art Cologne 2018
    Model 'Once Information Has Passed Into Protein', Art Cologne
  • Art Cologne 2018
    Sketches 'Once Information Has Passed Into Protein'
  • viennacontemporary 2018
    viennacontemporary 2018

2017

'Półpravda | Half-Truth' at Królikarnia palace, Warsaw

  • 'Półpravda | Half-Truth' was the third exhibition with works from the Art Collection Telekom. It was presented from 10.09. – 22.10.2017 at Królikarnia Palace for sculpture in Warsaw.
  • In the Museum Weserburg in Bremen 'Negative Book' from Aneta Grzeszykowska and '366 Liberation Rituals' from Igor Gurbić were shown. It was part of the program 'Künstlerräume' from 01.12.2017 – 03.06.2018.
  • At 51. Art Cologne 'Women's House (Sunglasses)', 2002-2004, from Sanja Iveković and 'This Could Be A Place Of Historical Importance', 1971–1973, from Braco Dimitrijević were shown in the Art Digit.
  • For the Telekom Headquarter in Bonn Iza Tarasewicz has developed her large installation 'Once Information Has Passed Into Protein...' and Mircea Cantor, Lada Nakonechna, Nedko Solakov and Gebriela Vanga realised artworks directly on the walls of the corrridors.
  • Polprawda | Half-Truth, Krolikarnia, Warsaw 2017
    Polprawda | Half-Truth, Krolikarnia, Warsaw 2017
  • Making Of, Once Information Has Passed Into Protein, 2017, Iza Tarasewicz
    Making Of
  • Mircea Cantor, Rainbow, Headquarter Bonn 2017
    Mircea Cantor, Rainbow, Headquarter Bonn 2017
  • The Yellow Blob Story, Nedko Solakov, Headquarter Bonn 2017
    The Yellow Blob Story, Nedko Solakov, Headquarter Bonn 2017
  • Art Digit at Art Cologne 2017
    Werke von Sanja Iveković und Braco Dimitrijević, Art Cologne 2017

2016

'Shape of Time – Future of Nostalgia' in Bucharest and 'Preview' in the Królikarnia Palace, Warsaw with Maria Kulikovska and Eva Kot'átková

  • 'Shape of Time - Future of Nostalgia' was the title of the exhibition in the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest with more than 50 artworks from the Art Collection Telekom. It was the first exhibition in Eastern Europe.
  • At the Berlin Biennale Deutsche Telekom supported the performance 'Signals' from Alexandra Pirici. The performance is part of the collection.
  • At the Gallery Weekend in Warsaw Eva Kot'átková's 'Educational Model' and 'Homo Bulla' from Maria Kulikovska were presented in the Królikarnia Palace of sculpture in Warsaw.
  • In the Art Digit artworks from Nevin Aladağ and Little Warsaw were shown at Art Cologne.
  • Shape of Time - Future of Nostalgia, 20.4-09.10.2016, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest
    Shape of Time - Future of Nostalgia, Installation view
  • Shape of Time - Future of Nostalgia, 20.4-09.10.2016, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest
    Shape of Time - Future of Nostalgia, Installation view
  • Šejla Kamerić, June is June Everywhere, 2013,, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest
    Šejla Kamerić, June is June Everywhere, 2013, Installation view
  • Preview, Królikarnia Palace Warsaw, 2016
    Preview, Królikarnia Palace Warsaw, 2016
  • Nevin Aladağ and Little Warsaw, Art Cologne 2016
    Nevin Aladağ and Little Warsaw, Art Cologne 2016
  • Nevin Aladağ and Little Warsaw, Art Cologne 2016
    Nevin Aladağ und Little Warsaw, Art Cologne 2016

2015

Volodymyr Kuznetsov at Art Cologne

  • Volodymyr Kuznetsov realised the large wall painting 'How to deal with the Pigs' at Art Cologne.
  • Third open call for young artists in East- and Southeast-Europe for motifs for the Telekom offices. Nominated artists: Apparatus 22, Jovana Banjanac, Mark Brogan, Maria Guta, Kilobase Bucharest, Roman Štětina und Bojan Stojčić.
  • Volodymyr Kuznetsov, How to deal with the Pigs, Art Cologne 2015
    Making Of, How to Deal with the Pigs, Volodymyr Kuznetsov, Art Cologne 2015
  • Volodymyr Kuznetsov, How to deal with the Pigs, Art Cologne 2015
    Volodymyr Kuznetsov live at Art Cologne 2015
  • Volodymyr Kuznetsov, How to deal with the Pigs, Art Cologne 2015
    Volodymyr Kuznetsov live at Art Cologne 2015
  • Volodymyr Kuznetsov, How to deal with the Pigs, Art Cologne 2015
    Volodymyr Kuznetsov live at Art Cologne 2015
  • Volodymyr Kuznetsov, How to deal with the Pigs, Art Cologne 2015, Preview
    Art Cologne 2015, Preview

2014

'Fragile Sense of Hope' in the me Collectors Room Berlin

  • 'Fragile Sense of Hope' first exhibition of the Art Collection Telekom im me Collectors Room | Stiftung Olbricht, Berlin.
  • Art Cologne, Präsentation of 'Abstract 11-11', 2011, and 'Abstract 12-15', 2012 from Genti Korini and 'Dance Company', 2009, from Ali Kazma in the Telekom Art Digit – Enabling the Art Award for New Positions.
  • Second open call for young artists in East- and Southeast-Europe for motifs for the Telekom offices. Nominated artists: Apparatus 22, Rares Avram, Fokus Grupa, Bogdan Girbovan, Mălina Ionescu, Tonka Maleković, Marko Marković, Tanja Markus, Dusko Miljanić, Danijela Mrsulja Vasić, Lazar Pejović, Siniša Radulović, Marko Tadić and Jovana Vujanović.
  • Fragile Sense of Hope, me Collectors Room, Berlin, Opening, Photo: Jirka Jansch
    Opening, Photo: Jirka Jansch
  • Fragile Sense of Hope, me Collectors Room, Berlin, Opening, Photo: Jirka Jansch
    Opening, Photo: Jirka Jansch
  • Fragile Sense of Hope, me Collectors Room, Berlin, Opening, Photo: Jirka Jansch
    Opening, Photo: Jirka Jansch
  • Fragile Sense of Hope, me Collectors Room, Berlin, Opening, Photo: Jirka Jansch
    Opening, Photo: Jirka Jansch
  • Fragile Sense of Hope, me Collectors Room, Berlin, Opening, Photo: Jirka Jansch
    Opening, Photo: Jirka Jansch
  • Art Digit, Art Cologne 2014
    Art Digit, Art Cologne 2014
  • Genti Korini, Abstract 11-11, Abstract 11-12 im Art Digit, Art Cologne 2014
    Genti Korini, Abstract 11-11, Abstract 11-12

2013

Artistic interventions in the hub:raum, Konzernhaus Berlin

  • Hortensia Mi Kafchin, Carbon Dating Bytes, 2013, hub:raum, Berlin
    Hortensia Mi Kafchin, Carbon Dating Bytes, 2013, hub:raum, Berlin
  • Nedko Solakov, Low Tech Doodles, 2013, Detail, hub:raum Berlin
    Nedko Solakov, Low Tech Doodles, 2013, Detail, hub:raum Berlin
  • Nedko Solakov, Low Tech Doodles, 2013, Detail, hub:raum Berlin
    Nedko Solakov, Low Tech Doodles, 2013, Detail, hub:raum Berlin
  • Hortensia Mi Kafchin, Father Energy, 2013
    Hortensia Mi Kafchin, Father Energy, 2013

2012

Dan Perjovschi at the Telekom booth, IFA 2012, and exhibition in the Art Digit

  • Live-Performance with Dan Perjovschi at IFA 2012 in Berlin.
  • Präsentation of the videos 'Lucky Day', 2006, and 'Follow Me', 2002; from Roman Ondak in the Art Digit, Campus Landgrabenweg in Bonn.
  • Dan Perjovschi, IFA 2012
    Dan Perjovschi, Chalk Reality, IFA 2012
  • Art Digit, Telekom Campus Landgrabenweg, Bonn
    Art Digit, Telekom Campus Landgrabenweg, Bonn
  • Art Digit, Telekom Campus Landgrabenweg, Bonn, inside
    Art Digit, Campus Landgrabenweg, Bonn

2011

First exhibition in the Art Digit

Präsentation of 'Three Videos with Narration', 2009/2010, and 'Cops and Robbers', 2009, from Agnieszka Polska in the Art Digit at the headquarter in Bonn.

  • Art Digit
    Art Digit in the Telekom Headquarter in Bonn
    Präsentation Cops and Robbers and Three Videos with Narration from Agnieszka Polska

2010

Start Art Collection Telekom with focus on contemporary art from Eastern- and Southeastern-Europe

First acquisitions: 'Three Videos with Narration', 2009/2010, and 'Cops and Robbers', 2009, from Agnieszka Polska, and two video works from Roman Ondak: 'Lucky Day', 2006 and 'Follow Me', 2002.

The works therefore form an ideal basis for communication and exchanging ideas and reflect how Telekom sees itself: “LIFE IS FOR SHARING”. Contemporary art provides the opportunity to see the world in a different light. An adventure that requires openness and impartiality, to have confidence in your own reflections. Art Collection Telekom would like to encourage this.

The buildup of the Art Collection Telekom is supervised by an internal board and coordinated by Antje Hundhausen and Margret Fischer. Curatorial advice by Nathalie Hoyos and Rainald Schumacher.

Contemporary Art should be seen, experienced and discussed by the public. For the Art Collection Telekom it is important to present parts of the Collection under different aspects to the general audience. Since 2014 the Art Collection Telekom has realised with institutional and private partners regularly exhibition projects.

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